There’s a distinct difference between destiny and hard work. For example, being born into a musical family does not, on its own, launch a person into a life of stardom. But when you embrace your environment and add talent, dedication, family support, and hard work, a path can start to form before you, a path that presents opportunities.
Caledon resident Jessica Sole nurtured the good fortune of being born into a musical family, added her own talent and perseverance, and is now pursuing a successful musical career.
“I have lived in Caledon my whole life, and my mom grew up here as well.” she smiles. “I attended James Bolton Public School, Allan Drive Middle School, and then Humberview Secondary School. Right now I am finishing up my final semester in the music program at Humber College, Lakeshore Campus.”
“I have always wanted to pursue a career in music” Jessica admits. “I taught myself guitar at age 14 and then piano at 15. Things really started becoming a reality when I was accepted into the Humber music program and I began writing my own songs.”
In a salute to a beloved local landmark Jessica’s band is called The Badlands. The country singer/songwriter recently announced the release of her debut single Here For The Long Run and it is now available to be downloaded from all streaming platforms.
Here For The Long Run is the title track of Jessica’s debut EP, set to be released in June 2020. The country pop single is catchy, fun, upbeat, and helps promote the importance of self-love. Jessica and The Badlands have worked for two years perfecting this tune. They have performed the track live many times at local bars, restaurants, and festivals.
I asked the young singer what artists have influenced her music. “I have several different influences, they’re all amazing women in country music. Kacey Musgraves is definitely on the top of that list, the Dixie Chicks too. Miranda Lambert and Maren Morris as well. Another artist that I’ve looked up to from a very young age is Taylor Swift. All these women have influenced me as an artist as well as a songwriter, and I’ve looked up to them for years.”
Jessica has a sound that’s bright, fresh, and honest. She has been told her unique voice has a sweet, north of Nashville twang, and a clear delivery that has been compared to Tennessee honey. It’s a clean tone that makes it very easy to lose yourself in the lyrics to her music.
“Jessica’s musical honesty, charming personality, and focused dedication really shine through on Here For The Long Run” says Emile d’Eon, Professor at Humber College, co-producer. “I hope you all enjoy her debut offering as much as I do!”
Here For The Long Run is relatable, encouraging, and advocates for female empowerment. The lyrics are all about staying strong and pushing through hard times, to finally see the light of self-discovery. The hook is one that will stay stuck in your head and you’ll catch yourself humming the melody.
Update: This Saturday April 18th Jessica Sole and 3 other artists will be auditioning on Facebook live. You can go to @thenextcountrymusicstar or jessicasolemusic on FB. The show starts at 7:00pm, Jessica performs at 8:10pm
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